For millennials navigating life in the '90s, there were few shows as influential as Saved by the Bell – and few scenes as significant (and quotable) as Jessie Spano’s “I’m so excited” meltdown. Jessie, a chronic over-achiever, is burning the candle at both ends as a top student and singer in an up-and-coming girl band (obviously), takes on more than she can handle. When reminded of a commitment, she falls apart crying, “No time! There’s never any time! I don’t have time to study! I’ll never get into Stanford! I’ll let everyone down! I’m so confused!” before bursting into the Pointers Sisters hit “I’m so excited” amidst her tears. A memorable meltdown of epic proportions. The culprit? Unmanaged burnout. According to the Office of Academic Support & Counseling at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, study burnout is a reality for many students due to prolonged stress and intense demands. And although students may be tempted to shrug off potential burnout as just part of the price that must be paid for an education, experts agree it should be avoided if possible and dealt with seriously when needed due to the gravity of its effects. For example, according to the online university UoPeople, academic burnout can lead to students feeling exhausted, less motivated, irritable, and less creative. Burnout can also lead to loss of confidence, an inability to meet deadlines, bad coping habits, difficult physical symptoms, and a decline in academic performance.
Law students vs other disciplines So how do law students fare when it comes to burnout? For those of you reading this blog who have been in or are currently in law school, it may come as no surprise that the statistics paint an unfavorable picture.
The nonprofit group Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) reports that, according to an article written by Shawn Healy, PhD and Dr. Jeff Fortgang, PhD in the March 2018 edition of the ABA’s Student Lawyer publication, 96% of law students report experiencing significant amounts of stress compared to 80% of medical students and 43% of graduate students in other disciplines. In other words, when you felt like law school was the most stressful educational choice in the world, you were probably right.
What to do The good news is there are steps you can take to fight burnout, or better yet, to avoid it altogether. Experts agree that making time for hobbies, exercising, spending time, outside, managing your time wisely, and getting enough sleep are all essential to maintaining life balance and fighting burnout. And that’s not all. According to the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division, another efficient way to fight burnout is to figure out what type of study and schedule works best for you. Doing so will help your study be more enjoyable, more efficient, and more successful. We’re here to help While many burnout solutions require you to take a break from studying (and rightly so), the reality is that there are times where additional study is required. Have you ever wondered if there could be a way to study that doesn’t add to or lead to burnout? Here at Lawflix we’re proud to offer a one-of-a-kind bar prep program that works for a variety of learning styles and is designed to fight burnout by providing study tools that are as entertaining as they are effective.